Pola Oloixorac: Dark Constellations


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Translated from the Spanish by Roy Kesey
Published 2020
Paperback 216 pages
ISBN 978-1641291309

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‘This genre-defying novel blends science fiction with cyberpunk with naturalism to end up
with something utterly original . . . Oloixarac is a massive, mysterious talent’

Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

‘Pola Oloixarac is one of the great writers of the Internet, the only country larger than


Joshua Cohen, author of Book of Numbers

Argentinian literary star Pola Oloixarac’s visionary new novel races from the world of
nineteenth-century science, through the late 1980s, to 2024, when an Argentinian research
group is working on a project that will allow the Ministry of Genetics to track every
movement of the country’s citizens without their knowledge or consent, using sensors that

identify DNA at a distance. But the new technology contains within it the seeds of a far
more radical transformation of human life and civilization. In a novel of towering ambition,
Oloixarac’s complex and intertwining stories reveal the power that resides in the world’s

most deeply shadowed spaces[Only include this quote of there is space]

‘Rendered in beautiful English by Roy Kesey, whose translation reveals the complex layers of
scientific, mystical, and technological vocabulary that Oloixarac so fearlessly wields. . . A
wonderfully bizarre mix of scientific treatise, hallucinogenic history, and cyberpunk thriller’

World Literature Today

Pola Oloixarac is a fiction writer and essayist. Her novels, Savage Theories and Dark
Constellations, have been translated into eight languages. She wrote the libretto for the
opera Hercules in Mato Grosso, which was staged in Buenos Aires’s Teatro Colón and New
York City, and her fiction has appeared in Granta, n+1, and The White Review, among
others. Her pieces on politics and culture have appeared in The New York Times and on the
BBC. She currently writes a weekly column in Perfil. She splits her time between Miami and
Buenos Aires.
Roy Kesey is the translator of Pola Oloixarac’s first novel, Savage Theories (Soho Press
2017). He is the author of two short story collections and two novels. He has received an
NEA grant for fiction and a PEN/Heim grant for translation. His short stories, essays,

translations, and poems have appeared in more than a hundred magazines and anthologies,
including Best American Short Stories and New Sudden Fiction.

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